We're All For The Underground

A project by Hillary Blake Firestone 2011

about the performance

Nicole Beutler feels a strong kinship with the work of Hillary Blake Firestone. They have collaborated in the past on different works for NBProjects, nameley Les Syphides, 2: Dialogue with Lucinda and 3: The Garden. In 2011 Hillary worked on a new piece WE'RE ALL FOR THE UNDERGROUND. NBprojects supports this project as co-producer.

As the saying goes, ‘you only get one chance to make a last impression’. The question is, what makes for a fitting exit? In WE’RE ALL FOR THE UNDERGROUND, choreographer Hillary Blake Firestone, musician Mark Morse and vocalist Anat Spiegel contemplate humanity’s most prevalent, yet least favorite, cultural ritual: the funeral… from a morbidly up-close-and-personal perspective.

WE’RE ALL FOR THE UNDERGROUND is comprised of three funerals, one for each performer. Three lists of last requests are made, with numerous details considered: what songs would I want played? What becomes of my body? These final wishes are then left to the interpretative mercy of the other performers. Because, wish as you may, when you’re dead, someone else is running the show. This is an undertaking to which the star(s) must surrender.

WE’RE ALL FOR THE UNDERGROUND invites the audience to explore the shadowy architecture of a ritual that is equal parts bureaucracy and beauty, consolation and horror. It is a triple bill of last hurrahs. A band that dies three times. A funereal jukebox. A macabre cabaret. A certainty.

Hillary Blake Firestone and Mark Morse make performances inspired by the cultural rituals that mark our lives. Their first collaboration, This Is Hardly an Invitation (“which develops like an unstoppable chain reaction” – NRC Handelsblad) examined the anatomy of festivity. The musical body is central in their work, which strikes a tenuous balance between physicality, imagery, wry humor and sonic detail.


Hillary Blake Firestone i.s.m Mark Morse, Floriaan Ganzevoort
Created and performed by
Hillary Blake Firestone, Mark Morse, Anat Spiegel
Lighting design and Technique
Floriaan Ganzevoort
Martine Dekkers / NBprojects
Grand Theater Groningen, NBprojects, Dansmakers Amsterdam
Thanks to
Keren Levi, Mara Tomanek
Raymond van Mil

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